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Weather watchdogs

Feb. 21, 2014-- A decade ago, Delaware had only one reliable weather station delivering hourly conditions online. That meant emergency response decisions for the state’s entire 2,500 square miles depended on reports from one spot, the New Castle County Airport.

“We really needed to have a better distribution of stations around the state,” said Dan Leathers, professor of geography and Delaware’s state climatologist.

Leathers and his colleagues set out with state support to build a more comprehensive network, called the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS). Housed within UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, DEOS is now the go-to place online for real-time weather conditions in Delaware.

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